The Great Escape

Grounded in a near-century-old legacy, this is a whole new escape from the commonplace. (Re)built by the Idaho Aviation Foundation to be a beautiful, nonprofit public resource in the great outdoors, Big Creek Lodge opens up an off-the-grid backcountry experience unlike anything else out there. Make your getaway.

2021 Season



Wildest dreams.

An ideal wilderness hideaway—beautifully constructed with wood floors, large wrap-around windows, and eight bunk beds—the Kif Brown Yurt at Big Creek opens up a more independent approach to outdoor adventures here.

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Paradise, found.

Big Creek Lodge recently rose again in the breathtaking backcountry of Idaho after a devastating fire. Both old school and all new, it combines the charm of a classic mountain retreat with the appeal of modern amenities.

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Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.

– Edward Abbey
fishing at Big Creek Lodge

The Activities

This is where wanderlust takes off. Full of transporting possibilities, set out on a big adventure right outside your door. And take a walk (or ride) on the wild side.
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The Area

Big Creek lies on the lip of a vast 2.4 million acres of untamed land called the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. By and large, it's pretty epic out here.
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Big Creek National Forest Service sign
Big Creek Lodge food

The Menu

It's not only a feast for the eyes up here. It's actually quite a feast. Focused on healthy, filling cuisine to fit backcountry tastes, our menu changes often depending on what's in season and inspiring us.
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The History

The original Big Creek Hotel attracted generations to this outdoor wonderland. Until a fire burned this piece of Idaho history to the ground. Many thought this unforgettable destination was lost to the past. Until we gave it a new future.
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Big Creek Lodge 1936

News & Happenings

FYI... The Lodge will be closed to the public on Tuesday the 20th and Wednesday the 21st for a private event. We'll be open again on Thursday the 22nd! See you then! 😊 ... See MoreSee Less

July 17, 2021  ·  

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Shot of the sunrise shining up onto the clouds.

We wanted to spread the word on meal times again so we're all on the same page.

Breakfast is served 7:30 am to 10 am, we do take walk ins.

Lunch we serve between 12pm and 1pm, we have switched that back to reservation required. It does not need to be a 48 hour reservation, but an advance notice for lunch is required.

Dinner is 48 hour reservation required only.

For any meal reservation please email

Look forward to seeing you all! We appreciate your business.
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June 14, 2021  ·  

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Here is another road update sent in to us within the last week.

"We went in via Warm Lake - Landmark - YP - Profile Creek - Big Creek. This route is good as far as The Red Metal Mine Road Intersection with the Profile Creek Road. From that point to the Big Culvert (aka the intersection with the old road to the Cleveland Mine) the road has solid snow cover as of 5/31/21, From the Big Culvert to Edwardsburg (aka Big Creek) the road is mostly clear of snow. Rubber tired ATVs have made the trip over Profile Gap to Big Creek last weekend. Based on our past experience on tired ATVs, travel by tired ATVs is easiest in the early morning while the snow is stiffest, and lower tire pressure helps a lot. But it is soo easy on tracks we don't do that any more.

The portion of the trip from the Red Metal Mine Road intersection to Belvedere Creek (about 1 mile south of Jacob Ladder Flat) has not been cleared of trees wide enough to pass full sized vehicles."
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June 6, 2021  ·  

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